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  • Impeachment

  • An American History
  • By: Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

In the first book to consider these three presidents alone (Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton), and the one thing they have in common, Jeffrey Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker explain that the basis and process of impeachment is more political than it is a legal verdict. The Constitution states that the president, "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors," leaving room for historical precedent and the temperament of the time to weigh heavily on each case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May not scratch your personal itch, but read it anyway!

  • By Marshall Lawrence on 11-17-18

Very Powerful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this listen, as it gave me a completely new perspective on the process, but more profoundly the ramifications of impeachment. It also highlights the true foresight and intellectual brilliance our forefathers had.

The most powerful message, from my perspective, calls light on the fact that many representatives romanticize the idea of impeaching an unpopular president. Whether it be for their own political gain or the fact that they just flat out disagree with the agenda of their respective president, impeachment serves to undermine one of the greatest rights we as the people have, to democratically elect our own president. Because impeachment has this much power, it must only be enacted under the most dire of circumstances. Generally speaking, unpopular presidents typically do have the support of a substantial portion of the population, and it does not seem right to override their beliefs unless grounds for impeachment are clearly justified.

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  • The Secret Race

  • Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
  • By: Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and fascinating

  • By Alan on 09-09-12

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Great insight into the world of competitive racing. As an outsider who has no competed in cycling before, it gave me a new appreciation of the competitive landscape that these racers were in.

Only minor critique is that I would prefer to have a wider range of points of view (especially from Lance's camp), as the book leans more favorably on Tyler's point of view (the book is written about him after all). There are 3 sides to every story, and it would have been nice to hear if there was more going on behind the scenes. I believe the author referenced that Lance did not want to provide any comments or interviews for the book, which is understandable.

  • The Red and the Blue

  • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
  • By: Steve Kornacki
  • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Karen on 10-10-18

Interesting, non-partisan view of history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Very enjoyable listen, packed with a lot of information that I was not aware of. Thought provoking, and lends help to those who wish to better understand the current political climate we live in today.

The most enjoyable facet,from my perspective, is that the book presents both the good and bad elements of both party's actions in a un-biased way. This allowed me as the reader to craft my own opinions and thoughts on the subject. There are too many framed politically themed / motivated books out there that try to come off as non-partisan, but eventually tend to lean one way or the other (usually demonizing the other side). It was refreshing to hear a neutral take.

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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,918

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Hard to Trust

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Really wanted to like this book, and was excited to hear about the chaos behind the scenes; however this book just didn't do it for me. It felt like I was reading a lengthy facebook blog post, written by a dude who's girlfriend just dumped him, and now he is trying to "set the facts straight". When Trump came out against the book I figured it must have had some juicy information, but its all pretty widely known talking points that you can basically get the whole jist of it by watching CNN for a hour.

Hard to discern what actually happened vs. what was just the author's opinion. A prime example is the author's retelling of the Trump's speech to the FBI, which others have cited appears to have been greatly exaggerated. The author also outright states that Trump is unintelligent at several points in the book. He may not be the sharpest official to ever hold office, but making such a black & white statement about him calls everything into question for me (after all there are many forms of intelligence, including business acumen).These types of assertions makes everything else in the book come off more as more or less the author's interpretation of the events to me, so I wasn't able to get into the story.

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  • Ghost Tracks

  • By: Cheryl A. Wicks, Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Just beyond the shadows, in the twilight space between life and death, lies the place where ghosts, demons, and otherworldly horrors tread. For most people this place is something to be encountered only in their worst nightmares, but for Ed and Lorraine Warren, it is home. As the founders of the New England Society of Psychic Research, the Warrens are the world's most renowned experts in the paranormal, investigating thousands of supernatural events in their long, spectacular careers. And now, in this remarkable audiobook, their story can finally be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Warren book

  • By S. Winchester on 08-07-17

Garbage

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Before I get into my rant, I must say that I absolutely loved the earlier books in the series. They were simple, fun, and at times downright scary. This one is none of the three.

Here is my summary of what I learned reading this book...

1. The authors REALLY want you to believe that ghosts / demons are real and that they are not crazy. I would estimate that a whopping 80% of the book focus on their reckless, illogical, and at times comical conclusions for the "paranormal" evidence that they find, instead of actually focusing on establishing a compelling plot / characters. Look, I love ghost stories because I love being scared. I don't necessarily believe ghosts or demons are real, and anyway you won't be able to convince me that they are in such a short story without plenty of empirical evidence. Be prepared to be subjected to hours of their bad logic, elementary arguments, and endless ramblings, with zero scares. You can actually listen to this at night, will put you right out.

2. The Warren's have really flawed interview techniques, as they utilize leading questions and often draw conclusions from loosely answered questions to fit their narrative. I couldn't help but to think of them as the "Fake News" paranormal team while listening.

3. I am now 99% convinced that the Amityville Horror story was made up, which is kind of funny given the fact that the book spends considerable time trying to convince you that it wasn't. There's just too much evidence that suggests they made it up for the publicity, and the Warren's do a 3rd grade job trying to rebut it.

4. The narrator is absolutely fantastic, and was the only saving grace for this mess. I recommend reading some of their earlier books with the same narrator. His delivery, combined with an actual ghost story....really illustrate the power of what the horror genre can produce.

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